The Penitentiary Chapel Site, shortened by inmates to “the Tench”, was the dark heart of the convict system in Tasmania.

Behind the high walls of “the Tench”, 55,000 men ate, prayed, slept and were punished.

‘Pandemonium’ the film is an immersive audio-visual experience projected four metres tall onto the walls within the original Penitentiary Chapel where the convicts actually sat.

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*Pandemonium is exempt from classification, however it does feature some graphic historical content.

It is recommended that parents and guardians enquire about the Pandemonium experience’s specific content, before deciding whether the material is suitable for their child.

****** We have slightly changed our session times in order to create a more streamlined experience for our visitors to The Tench! Thursday and Friday Pandemonium sessions will now screen at 4.30pm, the Saturday screening is remaining at 5.30pm.******

"Projected four metres tall onto the walls of Hobart’s most important convict building Pandemonium delivers an experience that drives right to the heart of Tasmania’s dark past."

Prof. Hamish Maxwell-Stuart



6 Brisbane St / Crn Brisbane & Campbell
Hobart 7000 TAS


Pandemonium sessions commence at 5.30pm and run for approximately 1 hour.

The Tench Hobart Penitentiary Site is open During the Day During Guided Tours only.


Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday

(03) 6231 0911
Entry Fees:

Entry fees and bookings are available on our booking website

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